God Rescues Us from Our Affliction: Olga's Story

03/13/14

Ten-year-old Olga had the responsibilities of an adult. Her mother was too sick to do any housework, and Olga was the oldest girl, leaving her with the responsibility of running the house. 

 
When Olga was only ten, she had to run the household by herself
When Olga was only ten, she had to run the household by herself. Because she had so much responsibility, she often missed school.
 
"Very early in the morning, I would get up, wash the dishes, fetch water, put the food on the fire, and then dash to school," Olga recounts. Unfortunately, she often wasn't able to complete all these chores before school started, and she'd end up late. 
 
"I was always late for school," Olga says. "This made me so sad that I preferred not to go to school at all, in fear of the teachers punishing me for coming late." 
 
If she did manage to make it to school, her responsibilities at home were just as numerous when she returned. "In the evening, I'd continue with the cooking, boil water for the family members, bathe all four kids, serve food to everyone, then go to bed." 
 
Olga could deal with the work, but the hardest part was never knowing if she'd get the money to pay her school fees each term. Olga would go to her uncle or step-father to ask for tuition money, but neither of them valued education—or her for that matter. "I would get a lot of insulting words before I could get my fees paid," she says. "By the time they gave me the money, it would be the week of exams, or after missing out on two or three exams." 
 
The teachers in Olga's former school didn't seem to realize that it wasn't her fault she always paid late, and constantly bothered her about it. "It wasn't my will to be late in everything academic," Olga says. But she didn't have a choice.
 
It wasn't until people like you stepped into her life that Olga finally got the opportunity to attend school without constantly being late for class and late to pay her fees. "At Children of the Nations, I learned that God rescues us from our afflictions," Olga says. "My life is so different now, because I am not any more stressed by the issues of school fees, and I'm very hopeful for the future because all I need for my studies is provided." 
 
Today Olga is in seventh grade, and says her favorite thing about COTN is school
                  Today Olga is in seventh grade, and says her favorite thing about COTN is going to school.
 
Olga's sponsors provide the support she needs to attend COTN's school—where the teachers are encouraging and supportive, and work with her schedule. She loves her teachers so much that she has decided she wants to be one in the future. "I love teachers because they are the first role models for a bright future," she says. 
 
Thanks to her sponsors, Olga gets to attend school and eat a nutritious meal
                   Thanks to her sponsors, Olga gets to attend school and eat a nutritious meal every afternoon. 
 
Not everything in Olga's life has been easy since she entered COTN's child sponsorship program. After battling severe illness for several years, her mother passed away one year after Olga entered the program. It was a very hard time for Olga, but she still counted herself blessed. She couldn't imagine what her life would have been like if she didn't have her sponsors by her side that year. 
 
Today Olga is in seventh grade—the last grade in primary school in Uganda. She asks that you pray for her to pass her exams this year, so she can go on to secondary school—a level of education she could have never dreamed of reaching without you. 
 
 
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